Compiling is the process of transforming source code into byte codes for a particular computer architecture.

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Is automake and autoconf the standard way to compile code?

I sometimes compile apps from source and I've either been using: ./configure make sudo make install But recently, I came across ./autogen.sh which generates the configure and make scripts for me ...
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Where should I put software I compile myself?

I need to compile some software on my Fedora machine. Where's the best place to put it so not to interfere with the packaged software?
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Distros that support compiling from source

A long time ago I used to use FreeBSD with its ports system and after that Gentoo for portage in order to install applications via compiling from source. I did this in order to directly target my ...